Thursday, October 29, 2020

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Responds to Bahamians Facing Racial Discrimination in China

MOF says it does not know of Bahamians encountering discrimination but asks such Bahamians to contact the Bahamian Embassy in China

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responding to an Eye Witness news clip dated April 15th, reporting that “Bahamians in China are fearful of ongoing racial discrimination.”

The Ministry said in a press statement on Friday, that it is aware of the news report, but it has not received any reports from Bahamian citizens of racial discrimination being perpetrated against them in China.

The Eye Witness news clip features a purported voice of a Bahamian citizen describing the racial tensions in the country, expressing fear of venturing on the outside due to the ongoing racial discrimination believed to have been instigated by rumours that blacks caused a resurgence of the coronavirus in China. The ministry’s press statement said, “Bahamian officials at the Embassy of the Bahamas in Beijing, maintain regular contact with Bahamian students and residents in China through telephone and We Chat, the Chinese version of What’s App.

“As of today’s date, 17 April 2020, there were no reports of racial discrimination directed at our nationals,” it continued. The ministry advises Bahamians facing discrimination or any form of distress, or if anyone knows of such difficulties being experienced by Bahamian nationals in China, to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Embassy in Beijing immediately, so that the matter can be investigated.

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